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COURTING THE COUNTESS

COURTING THE COUNTESS by Anne Stenhouse opens in the English Border country 1819 and moves quickly to Edinburgh’s George Square, a fashionable address of that period.

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Lady Melissa Pateley is not having an easy time of it.

Her beloved husband Neville has died, and a fire at her London home has left her covered in scars. If it wasn’t for a band of loyal servants, she’s not sure how she would survive. Things take a turn for the worse when one day, Colonel Harry Gunn and his fellow soldier Zed break into her home, bundle her into a coach and kidnap her.
She is at a loss until she learns that Harry Gunn is the cousin of George Gunn, a man who has been stalking her for years, and that Harry’s Uncle John had warned him that as long as George is out there, Melissa is not safe.
Uncle John insists that Harry finds Melissa and keeps her safe.
But that very night George shows up at Harry’s home with Harry’s sister Lottie, who thinks Melissa and George would make a good match.
Perhaps Melissa would have been safer at home after all.
Yet even with her scars, she is certain that the handsome Colonel Gunn is attracted to her. But of course, nothing is ever simple.
Startling revelations rip the family apart, causing everyone to question what they once held dear.
As Colonel Gunn goes in search of George and the truth, he has to wonder – had the keeping of secrets not marred more lives than the secrets would have destroyed?

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 Daisies

Daisies

 

DAISY’S DILEMMA from:

MuseItUp and amazon. Links are below. What’s it about? Back to London for this one, 1822, when Lady Daisy, sister of Tobias, Earl of Mellon, is recovering from food poisoning.Lady Daisy was one of those secondary characters who simply cried out for a place to tell her own story. So, here it is:

Lady Daisy should be ecstatic when her brother, the earl, allows Mr. John Brent to propose. She’s been plotting their marriage for two years. However, she is surprised to find herself underwhelmed and blames their distant cousin, Reuben, for unsettling her.
Reuben Longreach wonders whether the earl understands the first thing about Daisy’s nature and her need for a life with more drama than the Season allows. It’s abundantly clear to him that Daisy and John are not suited, but the minx accepts his proposal nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Daisy hatches a plan to attach Reuben to her beautiful, beleaguered Scots cousin, Elspeth. Little does she know that Elspeth is the focus of a more sinister plot that threatens Daisy too.
Will Reuben be able to thwart the forces surrounding Daisy before she is irretrievably tied to John? Will Daisy find the maturity to recognise her dilemma may be of her own making before it’s too late?

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Mariah’s Marriage Mariah Fox is dedicated to being a teacher in 1822 London, but when Tobias, Earl of Mellon saves her from a charging pig, her world view is disturbed forever.

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Bella’s Betrothal comes north to Edinburgh in 1826. Bella is fleeing scandal and an unhappy home when architect and laird, Charles Lindsay invades her room at the inn. Is he a rescuer or a danger?

An Edinburgh skyscape for Bella

An Edinburgh skyscape for Bella

Neglectful Blogger

Regular visitors will be forgiven for thinking Write, Watch and Critique has abandoned the delightful job of Writing, Watching and Critiquing plays. Forgiven, but I hope, cheered to learn this is not the case.

A lot of attention has had to be lavished on my partner blog, Novels Now, http://goo.gl/ep3ZIx where news of Mariah’s Marriage and Bella’s Betrothal can be found.

Plays. Last Saturday I visited the Georgian House in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square for an unusual dramatic offering. The Georgian House Players together with dancers under their Dance Master, Alex Howard, presented scenes from Georgian life.

Dressed in contemporary costume, they took on the concerns of the various members of the household on Christmas Eve 1811. The house at that time was owned and occupied by Mr. Lamont. We were invited to be a party of guests and one of our number was issued with an embroidered waistcoat marking him out as the principle visitor.

I was delighted to be taught a few measures from the Pollonaise and to learn that Mr. Lamont had to have cheese, Ayrshire cheese. A man after my own culinary heart.

New Work

More new drama was on offer at the adjudication of the Edinburgh Writers’ Club’s Drama competition last night. John Binnie conducted a workshop for the club in October and last night he commented on the members’ offerings written thereafter.

John mentioned how several of the plays had a character with Alzeimher’s Disease and that this was evidence of a trend in people’s thoughts and concerns. He also pointed out as he moved through the entries how some were the more dramatic because of their scene setting. One play, called Stuck, had a character stuck to a table by super glue while the metaphorical meaning was in the head of another. The winning play offered good opportunities for the actress to move around the stage and show character in action.

Winner, San Casimally, went for a one woman play called Mother’s Day. John expressed surprise to discover San was a male as he thought the piece captured the female experience so well.

Up next should be my trip to the Royal Lyceum’s Christmas Carol. Looking forward to it already.

International Stages

Water Puppeteers – Vietnam

I’ve been on holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

This blog has been shamefully neglected for several months and I’m really sorry about that. However, there is a reason. If you occasionally wander over to Novels Now where I write about my prose work, you will know there have been two historical romances published by MuseItUp this year under my name.

MARIAH’S MARRIAGE and BELLA’S BETROTHAL are available from many online retailers including amazon:

http://goo.gl/NxYxj5 Mariah’s Marriage

http://goo.gl/5RBzIm Bella’s Betrothal

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They are dialogue rich (would you expect anything else?) books with a lot of between the sexes humour and a frisson of the dark and dangerous underworld of nineteenth century London and Edinburgh.

The drama you ask. What about the drama?

From the picture at the top of this post you can see I was in Vietnam and while there visited Water Puppet shows. The first in Han Noi was in a dedicated tourist theatre. There was a host of lovely folk tales and excellent work with the dragons, fishermen, snakes et al. It was, however, spoiled for me by the constant photography of other audience members. Doesn’t it occur to these selfish peple that if they hold their dinky little camera above their heads for a minute, nobody sitting behind them can see the stage?

Do they care?

The second puppet show was out in the country and a much warmer experience. That’s the one photographed above. More dragons and excellent workmanship and nobody getting between the audience and the performers.

Home again and I’ve seen Crime and Punishment, adapted from the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel by Chris Hannan, at the Royal Lyceum theatre.

Sadly the run is now finished, and the Edinburgh performances came after the Citizens and Liverpool. It was so good and brought the huge canvas of Russia and its slum people to an audience who might not know much about them. I didn’t and left feeling entertained and enriched.

An ensemble cast gave excellent support to Adam Best playing Raskolnikov. The stage was cluttered with their props and odd chairs, but everything came into its own and the movement from back to front to back was like a mirror of what it’s like to live in such massing, seething crowds.

I was abroad during Dark Road’s run.

I also enjoyed two Matinée + evening days at Pitlochry this summer. Enjoyed it all and made a first tour of the Plant Hunters’ Garden which I really recommend. Talk about hidden gems. It’s really worth getting there a little early for.